Ellen DeGeneres Returns to Host the Oscars

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August 2nd, 2013

TV After Oprah

via press release:



Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together, and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen's gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere, and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say -- the third time's the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

Beginning her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans, DeGeneres’ acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997 DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode,” when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. She scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature, “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

  • Carl

    I thought she did an OK job the last time. I’m glad they aren’t going for another “edgy” type.

  • BigBrotherFan

    yawn! Seth owned that last time

  • Renz

    WOW! That’s surprise! She will do great! I’ll be watching!

  • NewEnglandMike

    I like her a lot…but I wonder if she can match Seth’s demos.

  • The Cool Max

    Very bad choice. Seth owned it last year.

  • Rebecca

    Great! I didn’t like Seth much. I still like Billy the best, but Ellen will do well.

  • TV Viewer

    Seth MacFarlane (who hosted the show in Feb. 2013) had very high ratings, but, he said he did not want to host the program in 2014. Tina Fey also said she did not want to host the year next year.
    Ellen Degreneres is a safe, reliable choice that will appeal to most viewers.
    A lot also depends on what movies are nominated for Best Picture. If most of the films nominated for BP are serious human drama, released late in the year, in a few select cities to get considered by the Academy for nomination, and only a few people have seen them; the ratings might be down a little bit.
    It often does make a difference (as far as the ratings are concerned) if a Lord of the Rings type movie is nominated for BP or if a Extremly Loud and Incredibly Close type film is nomainated for Best Picture.

  • Funeral Dinner

    Kinda feels like they’re playing it safe, but at least it’ll still be funny.

  • hanp

    I really like Ellen but I don’t think she fits well with Oscar. She’s too ‘nice’ for Oscar. She fits better with Grammy or Emmy.

  • rob60990

    The Oscars had high ratings because of the nominations, not because who hosted. That’s just ridiculous.

  • jimmer

    i really like her….but when it comes to this…YAWN! It really was a bore when she hosted last time.

  • Melanie P.

    This is cool. I think Ellen is really funny, so I may just tune in to watch her. Her type of humor appeals to just about everyone and it isn’t offensive. I thought Seth did ok, but his type of humor isn’t for everyone. Billy Crystal, IMO is the best Oscars host ever. It would be cool if he were to host again sometime in the future.

  • Justin

    My wish:

    Neil Patrick Harris and Anne Hathaway

  • ingram091

    A waste, Yet another reason not to watch the Oscars. At least when Billy Crystal was doing it the Oscars had some class. Now its just a Liberals only sound board. Buh Bye now… enjoy your losses.

  • Sunshine

    Sounds. G-R-E-A-T !!! I haven’t watched in years. Maybe I ll start in 2014.

  • Chris L

    “If everybody is too liberal, maybe, just maybe, you’re too conservative”

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